The offer to “Buy you lunch, soldier?” may never have created quite the stir that it did at an Irish airport recently.

It was an offer to 400 American soldiers to spend up to $50 each on a good lunch.

The video below shows Los Angeles entrepreneur Shlomo Rechnitz explaining to the soldiers why he will willing to part with as much as $20,000.

“The reason is that … you guys risk your lives to protect me and my family. If I can go out and see a whole bunch of Army soldiers, Marines, that’s something that makes be proud,” he said. “I’m on my way to Israel … actually now. I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Rechnitz and his family had a stop in Shannon, Ireland.

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A publicist told WND that the video came from a fellow traveler with Rechnitz.

The story was explained this way:

When entering the airport, they saw approximately 400 soldiers. Most were eating army meals from a paper bag, while the regular passengers and friends were eating at the various trendy restaurants in the area. Shlomo approached the commander and told him that he wanted to treat all the servicemen to a good meal. At first the commander said it was unnecessary, but Shlomo insisted and the commander announced to all the soldiers that they could eat at any restaurant up-to $50. After the servicemen ate, the commander asked if Shlomo would share with all of them why it is that he did this.

“I take it off my taxes, don’t worry,” Rechnitz joked with the troops.

Rechnitz recently was praised by the Jerusalem Post: “As a role model to young members of the Orthodox Jewish community, Rechnitz shows that learning and entrepreneurship can complement each other. He shows that commitment to your profession does not have to conflict or interfere with your ability to be Torah-observant and a learning Jew.”

The report notes Rechnitz founded one of his businesses, TwinMed, with his twin brother, Steve.

A Post commentary said: “He handles his charitable deeds directly, making others’ troubles and worries his own. He knows that philanthropy is more than just writing a check. He is intimately involved multiple communities and their problems.”

At Tumblr, he’s called an “ambitious entrepreneur” who founded, with his brother, one of the largest medical supply distributors.

His TwinMed boasts of running a full line of medical supplies from warehouses around the nation to supply nursing homes and hospitals.

Shlomo Rechnitz also launched dozens of other companies, including Brius Healthcare, which employs some 8,000 people.

A resident of Los Angeles, he holds a degree in Talmudic law from the Mir Institute.

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